McQuiller, Emery De Mario

McQuiller, Emery De Mario

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Charlotte man after gunfire was exchanged at a Denver business.

Emery Demario McQuiller, 39, of Charlotte is charged with six counts of assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill and one count each of shooting into occupied property and possession of a firearm by a felon. He is in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center in lieu of a $502,000 secured bond.

The incident started Thursday afternoon when deputies were sent to a business on N.C. 16 Business at 5:40. A caller reported that two individuals were involved in an argument at Chemistry Lab Paint and Fab and that shots were fired, a news release states.

Deputies investigated and discovered that McQuiller had gone into the business upset over a previous incident involving the owner, the release states. Upon arrival, he opened fire with a 9mm handgun at employees through the door and then entered the business and fired another shot, the release states.

The owner, Paul Roach, retrieved a shotgun from his office and shot at the suspect causing him to flee the business. Deputies searched the area and found the suspect hiding in the restroom of a nearby restaurant where he was taken into custody, the release states.

McQuiller was slightly injured during the exchange of gunfire and received several small pellets in the face and neck; he was treated for his injuries at Atrium Health – Lincoln, the release states.

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